Major/Department: English & Classics
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Rydberg-Cox
Why is undergraduate research important to you?
Before returning to school, I was interested in research even if I didn’t always know that’s what I was doing. Whether I was looking into my family’s genealogical history or deciding which lawn mower to buy or finding out whether a political meme was true, I was doing research. The university setting has honed my skills, as well as broadening my knowledge, interests, and resources. Because of the research I’ve done as an undergrad, I am more prepared for graduate school and for a job.
How did you find your mentor?
I took Foundations of Ancient World Literature, where we studied literature from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and India. In class I was introduced to many tales I hadn’t read before and my understanding of the few I had read or studied before was deepened. Dr. Rydberg-Cox introduced us to many ways of conducting research that that will help me going forward.
What advice would you have for someone who wants to get started in undergraduate research?
Take EUReka classes early because they are designed to teach research techniques and strengthen skills. Tell your academic advisor you’re interested in doing research, and what kind of research you want to do, so they can help you schedule appropriate classes. Find a professor whose class you enjoy and with whom you work well and ask if they are doing a research project and need help with it or if they know of a project you can work on. Take advantage of opportunities like symposiums and internships.